12 Prayers | For The Weary Mother
We are so excited about our day of prayer today! We pray and hope that it will grow us in running to Jesus in our weary moments, days and years of motherhood. We long to be like the Susanna Wesley stopping throughout our day to hide under our apron to pray. We believe that it is through prayer that we can truly become the Mother God intends us to be, not a perfect Mother but a perfectly dependent on Jesus Mom. I hope you are able to join us today.
"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore" (Psalm 16:11).
Father, you are the source of all joy, so grant us your joy right now. We are in your presence where all joy is found, and you have promised that we can never be separated from you; therefore, your joy is always available to us. As mothers we often lack joy in the day-to-day grind, but your spirit can help us--no matter our circumstances--to take hold of joy. Help us take hold of it and pass your joy onto our children.
“But he gives us even more grace” (Ephesians 4:6).
Father, we need your unmerited favor each and every day. We are going to screw this motherhood thing up daily, so we need your grace again and again. We need you to give us grace so we can then give the little souls you have given us the grace that they need.
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
Father, thank you for your patience with us. Your anger against our sin burns, but you do not act on it. Instead, you patiently wait on us to repent and believe. Oh, grant us this type of patience toward our children! Help us to be slow to anger. Help us to see that the process of moving them to you is slowly happening, instead of just focusing on making them obedient in the moment. Remind us daily of your patience toward us so we can in turn grant it to others.
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
Father, we need endurance as mothers: the days and nights are long, the emotions are high, the role is not glamorous, and the results of our hard work are not often seen immediately. We need you to help us in the every day grind. We need you to help us to not just endure but hope as we endure. Help us to lean into you and your word for endurance.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).
Father, we are so selfish. When the demands of motherhood increase, it is just so easy to fall into selfishness. But God we want to be different! We want to consider these children better than ourselves. Only a God who was selfless and lived his life without selfish ambition can help us do this. We need you to help us in the day-to-day moments to see our children as more significant than ourselves. Help us to do this, Jesus.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18).
Father, we need vision for our lives and our children's lives. We need your help to see beyond dirty dishes and diapers. We need you to show us the great value of this role in helping to shape these little lives. We want to be able to give our children not just a good home life, but also a vision for their lives. Help us in our role as a mother to join in your vision of your Kingdom coming to Earth; help us pass this vision to our children.
“Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil” (Proverbs 3:7).
Father, you are the author of all wisdom, and in you we can know truth. Please grant us your wisdom, help us to see what is right and wrong, and give us discernment--especially with our children. We ask your Holy Spirit to whisper to us in our time of need to have wisdom and discernment.
“You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word” (Psalm 119:114).
Father, we want to be mothers who run to you to hide. We don't want to hide behind anything other than you, for who else can really protect us? When our hearts are sorrowful, our bodies are weak, and our minds tired, we want to find hope in your word. Allow the word of God to speak hope into our lives when we most need it.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him” (Psalm 28:7).
Father, this motherhood thing is so hard. These children have our hearts, and it is so hard to let them go into the world--whether it is the first day of kindergarten or college. We have to put them into your hands. Help us to trust you; help us to know that they are your children first.
“Be kind and compassionate toward one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).
Father, we need you to help us to forgive our children even when they sin against us. Help us to show them the compassion, kindness and forgiveness of Christ through our ability to forgive them. Keep our own forgiveness that you have granted us always before us so that we will forgive others.
“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).
Father, help us to be gentle with these little hearts that you entrusted to us. Help us not to respond in anger when we see them in sin, but help us to restore them with a spirit of kindness and forgiveness. Give us gentleness as we seek to pursue righteousness in our own lives and to raise these children to pursue righteousness, too.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
Father, this is the love that we desperately need as we mother our children. We need love that is patient, kind, not envious or boastful, not selfish, not irritable or resentful. We need love that bears, endures and hopes. Please give us this kind of love for our children. We know we can love like this because you first loved us like this, and your Spirit lives in us.
Thank you so much for joining us today. I know that God has been honored by this day because we were willing to humble ourselves and pray! Stay tuned for these prayer cards, aprons, truth cards and this beautiful print to be posted on our 12 prayers shop on etsy later today. Thank you to my all the ladies that shared their hearts and stories of weary. Thank you for my #12Prayers team, Kelsey, Kate, Laura and Jessica for each of your essential contributions in our days of prayer. Thank you to Jesus who provides a way for us to go to the throne of the Father with confidence and covered by his grace!